VERY FINE. THE EARLIEST KNOWN CORRESPONDENCE FROM ALASKA AFTER ITS TRANSFER TO THE UNITED STATES ON OCTOBER 18, 1867.
The treaty purchasing Alaska for $7.2 million (equivalent to $117.8 million in today's dollars) was signed May 28 and the territory was formally transferred on October 18, 1867, less than a week before this was sent. The Resaca was commissioned by the Navy in 1866 and initially patrolled off the Mexican and Central America coasts to protect U.S. interests. After an outbreak of yellow fever affected the Jamestown and Resaca, both ships were sent to Alaska to effectively quarantine. It arrived in Alaska in August 1867 and stayed until 1869.
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE. ONE OF THE FINEST STRIKES OF THE FAMOUS WEST MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT, DEVIL & PITCHFORK FANCY CANCEL, ON A PHOTOGRAPHER'S ORNATE CORNER CARD COVER.
For a history of this fancy cancel, go to http://www.ctpostalhistory.com/CtPP/Postal_Markings_files/D%26PArticleJan2016XXXLR.pdf . A fascinating article on this subject by William Duffney also appeared in the 2017 Congress Book.
Ex Newbury and from our 1978 Rarities sale
VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE RARE HOCKANUM FOX FANCY CANCEL. FROM A NEWLY-DISCOVERED CORRESPONDENCE.
A history of the fascinating Hockanum Running Fox cancel, written by Connecticut postal historian William J. Duffney, can be downloaded as a PDF file at http://ctpostalhistory.com/CtPP/Postal_Markings_files/Dudley%27sFoxStory2015LR.pdf . The Running Fox cancel was carved by postmaster Dudley Fox, who was also a silversmith, giving him the skills to carve an intricate fancy cancel. The author records seven covers and ten off-cover in total with four different border types. This cover is from a recent discovery along with three others, adding four to the census
VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE FAMOUS BRATTLEBORO "UNCLE SAM THUMBING NOSE" CIVIL WAR ERA FANCY CANCEL.
There are two, possibly three examples of this extraordinary fancy cancellation known on cover.